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West Kennet Long Barrow

Category: General, Academic, Trips

Each week the HATA (History And The Arts) Society takes groups of Shell pupils to the mighty West Kennet Long Barrow, one of Britain's oldest buildings (c. 3600 BC).  Pupils enjoy exploring the passages and chambers of the great mysterious temple/tomb, and also have a chance to consider the... More »

Field Day in the Lower Wye Valley

Category: General, Academic, Trips

The Remove OA 'Local Explorers' group, who spend Wednesday afternoons walking around landscapes of particular historical significance, celebrated Field Day with a splendid exploration of the Lower Wye Valley. We visited Chepstow Castle in the morning, Tintern Abbey in the afternoon, and walked... More »

Review: Physics Trip to CERN

Category: Trips, Academic

Day 1 We woke up at 4.00am, excited to see CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research which specializes in fundamental physics, finding out what the Universe is made of and how it works.  After ariving in Geneva we quickly found our way to the hostel, dropped our luggage off and... More »

Review: An Evening for Advent

Category: Music, Academic, General

An expectant audience gathered in the Adderley on Wednesday 29th November for the annual cross-departmental collaboration between Modern Languages and Music. Celebrating the season of Advent and the expectation of Christmas through readings in eight languages, interspersed with musical interludes,... More »

Fourth Medley of Marlborough Historians

Category: Academic

The History Department recently hosted a magnificent 'Fourth Medley of Marlborough Historians', in which nine Sixth Formers gave short presentations on non-curricular History which interested them.  The topics ranged from 12th century troubadours to Tang Dynasty culture, from American gun... More »

Outdoor Learning

Category: Academic, General, Community

The recent superb late Autumn days have enabled some classes to be held in magical settings seemingly far from school.  One Lower Sixth history class visited the College troutpond to study the legend of the Death of King Arthur: the pond, with the morning mist rising, were reminiscent of... More »

13th Annual Blackett Science Lecture

Category: Academic

Professor Katherine Blundell FRAS OBE, Professor of Astrophysics and Research Fellow at St John's College Oxford gave the 13th annual Blackett Science lecture on Tuesday 28th November (coincidently the 50th anniversary of the discovery of Pulsars by Jocelyn Bell Burnell who gave the 1st Blackett... More »

Bristol: City of the Future

Category: Academic, General, Speakers

Ten outstanding Hundred Geographers and Mr Richards entertain our distinguished visiting speaker, James Durie, CEO Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative, invited to speak to 240 GCSE Geographers on 'Bristol: City of the Future’. Our pupils were fascinated by his vision for the future of this... More »

Poet-in-Residence: Kayo Chingonyi

Category: Academic, General, Speakers

The College hosted a ten-day visit by the acclaimed poet Kayo Chingonyi at the start of October, beginning with the a superb performance of his work in a packed Ellis Theatre. This was a joint venture between the English department and the town's Literary Festival, with an audience made up of... More »

Modern Languages Quiz

Category: Academic, General, Events

In an exciting afternoon of quizzing, Year 8 students from seven local schools fought it out in the European Day of Languages Quiz on Tuesday 26th September. Sample slides of Russian, Japanese, Hebrew and the like were followed by sample bursts of Turkish, Malay, Welsh and more, delivered by... More »

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